Saturday, April 23, 2016

Just Another Day In Baseball

The White Sox pulled off a triple play against the Rangers yesterday.  It started with a fine catch in right field by Adam Eaton of Mitch Moreland's hard hit line drive.  From there it got weird or "preposterous" as SB Nation called it. It was also the first 9-3-2-6-2-5 triple play in baseball history.  You can watch it here.

SB Nation explains what you're watching:
That starts out as such a simple line drive by Mitch Moreland. Sure it was ripped and with a little more pull would have been in the corner. But, it hardly required a phenomenal catch. That's about the only normal part of the play.
The trouble began for the Rangers when Ian Desmond ventured too far off first base. He actually made it back to the bag in time, only to over run the bag coming back. He danced around a bit to no avail and was caught. Texas then proceeded to compound the problem when Adrian Beltre got stuck between second and third, apparently trying to advance while Desmond was in a bind. The only problem was Prince Fielder didn't budge off third.
With Beltre hung up, Fielder made a dash for it ... and well that didn't go well. Just like that it went from a fairly standard line out to right to a a very unique triple play.
Also yesterday was a magnificent throw, one of the best you'll ever see, by Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers to nab Trevor Story of the Rockies at third base.  You can watch it here.

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